Siebel Center for Design
Champaign, Illinois, United States
The Siebel Center for Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the first ground-up cross-discipline design schools in the country. The building provides students with a landmark facility designed to support a collaborative approach to human-centered design – combining design thinking, experimentation, prototyping, and making in an open, flexible environment.
The 60,000 square foot Center for Design maximizes opportunities for interaction through collaborative studios, open gathering and meeting areas, and maker spaces that will facilitate high-resolution prototyping and digital production. The design serves to break down the barriers encountered in more traditional learning environments, fostering an atmosphere that supports interdisciplinary experience-based learning. Reinforcing the University’s role as a leader in universal accessibility, all levels of the Center are linked by a sloping central walkway – the main circulation route within a skylit two-story opening in the building’s heart.
An elegant pavilion gracefully layered onto the landscape of the Military Axis, the Center for Design provides an iconic terminus to this prominent campus green. Its architectural expression maximizes the use of glazing to achieve a high degree of transparency and visibility throughout as well as between the building and landscape, showcasing the innovative programs within. Deep roof overhangs allow abundant natural light to penetrate the interior while limiting glare and direct heat gain.